Data Matching to uncover wealth

Matching external data with the ATO data helps the ATO to ensure that people and businesses comply with their tax and super tax obligations. It also helps the ATO to detect fraud against the Commonwealth.  The ATO is now working with insurance provers to identify Australians with policies covering an expanded range of luxury assets.


Starting from the beginning of 2016, the ATO has commenced issuing formal notices to insurers to provide policy details, based on specific criteria, it expects to receive 100,000 records that may require further examination.


Please check your policies to make sure that you are insured via the correct entity, especially if you are a small business.


The ATO is required to comply with strict laws to protect your privacy when they collect data from other agencies and organisations for the data matching programs. These laws include the Privacy Act 1988, the secrecy provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and other tax laws.


The ATO also adheres to the Privacy Commissioner's Guidelines on Data Matching in Australian Government Administration by preparing and publishing a protocol for each of the data matching programs. In broad terms, each protocol explains the purpose of the program, what data is collected, which agencies or organisations will be providing the data and how the data will be used.


Current data matching protocols


The ATO prepares and publishes a protocol for each of the data matching programs to explain the program's purpose, what data is collected and how the data will be used.

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